What should a National Basketball Program look like? (Part 2 of 2, Grassroots Development and Feeder System)

by: Bong Paredes featured image by: SBP   In my last article, I outlined the steps I thought the PBA should consider to prepare us better for the next 4 years. For this second installment, I will go through a high level overview of what I believe the SBP should consider. There is no way for me to outline everything without re-classifying this article into … Continue reading What should a National Basketball Program look like? (Part 2 of 2, Grassroots Development and Feeder System)

FIBA World Cup and Terrific 12 Takeaways

by: Bong Paredes It’s been a couple of weeks since Gilas’ FIBA World Cup debacle and a few days after three PBA teams underperformed in a field of 12 that included teams from the Philippines, South Korea, Japan and China in the recently concluded Terrific 12 tournament in Macau. The fact that we are part of the aforementioned basketball tournaments at the moment means that … Continue reading FIBA World Cup and Terrific 12 Takeaways

Batang Gilas vs Argentina (FIBA U19 World Cup Game Review)

Photo from FIBA.COM By: Bong Paredes   Yesterday, I tweeted that Kai Sotto would run circles around Argentine big man Francisco Caffaro. While Kai statistically had better numbers across the board, Caffaro set the tone of the game from the very beginning. Caffaro was very aggressive and took the action to Kai. He used his heft and strength to get the jump on Sotto as … Continue reading Batang Gilas vs Argentina (FIBA U19 World Cup Game Review)

Batang Gilas vs Greece (FIBA U19 World Cup Game Review)

Photo from: FIBA.COM By: Bong Paredes For the first time perhaps in history, The Philippines’ U19 basketball squad is playing the top teams in the world. Having a pair of much-heralded big men like Kai Sotto and AJ Edu certainly aided in creating awareness and excitement in the local basketball community. It’s also a testament that we are on our way to true relevance in … Continue reading Batang Gilas vs Greece (FIBA U19 World Cup Game Review)

Next Wave of Gilas players (Who should be considered to join Gilas now?)

by: Bong Paredes After reading about members of the Gilas pool withdrawing from the team one after another, from Castro to Parks and now Scottie Thompson, I can’t help but be worried about the makeup and eventual performance of this team. The 2019 FIBA World Cup is just around the corner and while teams like Iran and Australia are getting most if not all of … Continue reading Next Wave of Gilas players (Who should be considered to join Gilas now?)